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Senior Josh Regal and junior Ryan Renon have been named Lakeland College's Muskies of the Week for their performances in action last week. Read about their success below.
Junior Ryan Renon garnered Muskie of the Week honors for the fifth time this season after becoming just the second wrestler in Lakeland College history to win a NCAA Division III Regional title.
Renon, who wrestles at the 165-pound weight class, finished first at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 25. The No. 1 seeded Renon earned a 14-0 major decision over Casey Kenealy of Concordia University Wisconsin in the first round and recorded a 16-3 major decision over Josten Coleman of Concordia College-Moorhead in round two.
In the semifinals, Renon took a 7-2 decision over Matt Burns of Augustana, and in the championship match he earned a 12-6 decision over Tom Teigen of No. 4-ranked Augsburg College.
The Wrightstown, Wis., native became the seventh wrestler in program history to qualify for the National Tournament and will look to become the college's third All-American at the NCAA Division III Nationals on March 9-10 in La Crosse, Wis.
Renon enters the National Tournament with an outstanding 31-4 record.
See what Renon says about his performance at the Great Lakes Regional: http://youtu.be/OopC78NrQPo
Renon is an exercise science major.
Here's a look into Ryan's personality:
TV: "Man vs. Wild"
Q: You are now Lakeland's seventh grappler to qualify for Nationals. What does the feat mean to you?
A: I am proud to be amongst the great wrestlers of the past and hope to continue at that level of greatness.
Q: What was the best part about traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., to participate in Regionals?
A: Being able to accomplish my goal of qualifying for the National Tournament.
Q: Do you have any superstitious pregame rituals?
A: I like to eat the same foods before competition. I go through the same type of warm ups and I like to wear mismatching socks, sometimes inside out.
Q: What's your favorite WWE wrestling move?
A: Stone Cold Stunner
Senior Josh Regal garnered Muskie of the Week honors after leadingthe Lakeland College men's basketball team to the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament championship game on Feb. 25.
Regal finished a standout four-year career averaging 21.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 4.7 assists per game in Lakeland's three games last week. He helped lead the Muskies to a 21-7 overall record, the team's second 20-plus win season since becoming an NCAA institution in 1997.
The 5-foot-10 point guard lifted the Muskies in an 85-83 overtime victory over Concordia University Wisconsin in the NAC Tournament semifinals with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. He shot a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line and hit clutch shots down the stretch to send the Muskies into the championship game against Edgewood College on Feb. 25.
In the NAC championship game, Regal scored a game-high 29 points and helped Lakeland erase an 18-point halftime deficit before the Muskies fell short in a thrilling game.
The Suring, Wis., native finished his basketball career with 1,439 career points, which ranks 11th all time, and 521 career assists, which ranks second all time. He led the NAC in assists (172) and steals (66) and posted an impressive 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
For his efforts this season, Regal was named second team All-NAC.
See what Regal has to say about his success: http://youtu.be/SN_V76A0vj4
Regal is majoring in business management and minoring in sports management.
Here's a look into Josh's personality:
TV: "The Office"
Movie: "The Mighty Ducks Series"
Q. What has been your favorite basketball memory at Lakeland?
A: The 2011-12 NAC Tournament
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: Trying to get into coaching
Q: If you could play basketball against any professional basketball player who would it be and why?
A: Steve Nash, because he's one of my favorite players.
Q: What's the best job you've ever had?
A: Working for David Gallianetti in the communications department.